Buying an iPhone in Australia

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Genghis Khan, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

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    Melbourne, Australia
    #1
    Hey Guys,

    I've given into my childish behaviors and decided I'm sick of waiting.

    I want to import an iPhone to Australia

    A few questions though...

    1) When the iPhone IS eventually released in Oz, will I be able to restore the iPhone and use it on the approved network?

    2) For the Australians here, can I use the internet features with Optus? Or must I go to Telstra for that?

    Thanks Guys:)
     
  2. fart macrumors regular

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    1) Yes, I don't see any reason why this would be an issue

    2) You'll probably have to use Telstra. PITA, I know, but that's just the way the world rotates. In some cases, a 2 pounds of scottish cold cuts in a fancy iPhone box is more valuable to the native Atlantic citizen than the phone itself.
     
  3. rickgmac macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Question 2.

    You do not have to go to telstra, you can use any network apart from 3, however make sure you check out what the data charges are. I use mine on vodafone and charges are quiet high, I tend to use wifi only. Same for email.
     
  4. iEdd macrumors 68000

    iEdd

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    Here is a great FAQ for you.
    Bear in mind that you will be at GPRS speeds with every provider, except Telstra and 3. That is about 6kB/s. With Telstra and EDGE, you can expect 20-30kB/s, which is around that of 256kb/s broadband - so at least bearable. With 3, your iPhone will be an expensive iPod Touch :D

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that many plans cost around $1/MB, so very pricey. However, reading mactalk forums, someone mentioned an unlimited data plan with Telstra for around $30/month on top of your normal plan, so be sure to hunt around the complicated Telstra website for it! :)
     
  5. kingkezz macrumors regular

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    I use optus with data. Speeds are fine for email, google maps. Websites? - only for emergencies. But I hunt for wi-fi first, always at least one unsecured out there...

    9.90 data bolt on. pretty sure its 20mb.
     
  6. Genghis Khan thread starter macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

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    Thanks Guys!

    Your help has been awesome, I'll be buying an iPhone imminently :)
     

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